CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - From science to etiquette lessons, nearly 100 Lowcountry boys, rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders, were taught a variety of lessons in the "My Brother's Keeper" camp at Charleston Southern University.
The initiative, that started in Washington, DC, now has a coalition in the Lowcountry.
"'My Brother's Keeper' recognizes the gaps in males of color and the purpose of the program is to help them to understand and believe that they can do anything, no matter where they come from," SPAWAR outreach director Shanda Johnson said.
SPAWAR is one of the many organizations that sponsored the event and recognizes the need for it in the Lowcountry.
"A lot of them come from under-served communities so this is the first time that they've been exposed to a lot of this," Johnson said.
The boys learned things about etiquette, like how to tie-a-tie.
They also learned about engineering, cyber forensics, nutrition and more.
There were communication exercises with Summerville police officers that many were excited about.
"I definitely want to know more about police stuff," Jahquan Malcolm said.
"Learn how to communicate with them," Lavel Davis said.
For many, it was a opportunity to achieve independence.
"I need to learn how to tie a tie because I ask my grandfather how to tie-a-tie for me all the time," Davis said.
There was a mentoring program to inspire their futures.
"Know that you can do anything that you put your mind to," Malcolm said.
The two-day camp was held Friday and Saturday.
The event was hosted by SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research, Charleston Southern University, Ladies Enriching the Community, Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Charleston Youth Leadership Council, Trident Technical College Advance Cyber Forensic Education, Google, NUCOR Steel Berkeley, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, and Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.